Some time ago theelderj invited me to join this community and help find new music (well, at least new to me) and to share it with whoever wants to join in (my username has changed slightly, but pay no attention to the man behind the webpage). It has actually been quite fun searching the depths of the internet for new bands. After wading through sloughs of hipster trash and faux indie rock I’ve learned it is not necessarily about finding that band nobody has heard of, but is more about that band that has more than one song you can listen to without tearing the headphones out of the computer and blocking Youtube from the preferred sites list.
My musical dry spell was moistened recently after finding some good new bands through my often frustrating yet rewarding band finding system. I’m keeping my system a secret but am still paranoid someone will find out how I am doing this and make me obsolete. So after finding a fairly large group of artists I noticed something that had not happened before, at least half of the bands I found were fronted by a woman. After a little more digging, a total of nine bands are being presented in this post, some are well known, some are not, and some are on the way. OK ladies, tonight it’s your turn.
Band: The Joy Formiddable
These guys have been around for a while and recently participated in the SXSW festival I couldn’t attend due to a severe lack of personal monetary stock. This song has been bouncing around alternative stations for a while now and the sweet sound of Ritzy Bryan singing/yelling at me feels better than I expected. There may be more technical terms to describe what is going on in this track, but this is just a good pop song.
Band: The Naked and Famous
Before appearing in what seemed to be every commercial around (before The Lumineers and Imagine Dragons stole that title) this song was also famous for being featured in an episode of Canadian teen soap opera Degrassi, featuring none other than the dumbass who started the YOLO craze Drake, who starred as what the internet has affectionately dubbed “wheelchair Jimmy.” My sister used to watch that show, I should hate everything that has ever appeared on that show but my goodness I love this song. It’s sounds too “pop,” the lyrics are sentimental, and do I need to say it again? Canadian teen soap opera. But you can’t stop our love, all I want to do is dance around in my room with nothing but my boxer-briefs on and rock out to some Naked and Famous.
Song: Where the Kids Are
Blondfire is like the first two bands I listed here in that they are an Indie rock group struggling to really break out. This song has had some exposure on the radio and is also another one of those songs that has potential TV commercial overuse written all over it. So far I have yet to hear another song as good as Where the Kids Are but that doesn’t mean the potential for really good things isn’t there.
Band: Gin Wigmore
Song: Man Like That
So I bet you didn’t think that The Naked and Famous were from New Zealand? Neither did I until Google, and I also didn’t know Gin Wigmore had herself a pretty good gig going. Unless you live under a rock or a bridge or a state south of the Ohio river you have seen the Heineken commercial with James Blonde and the hot foreign girl he lets die (spoiler alert). Well whaddaya know, there’s Gin singing her heart out. I’m not big into the 60’s soul revival movement and I was kinda hoping it would die with Amy Winehouse but Adele decided to become as ubiquitous as all of Amy’s “mourners” did after that fiasco. Wigmore has a damn good voice and I would love to see her sing the next Bond theme, if Adele doesn’t Hulk slam her out of the way.
So I’ll keep on riding the soul movement with Churchill, so they’re not like Gin Wigmore but Change has some nice soul-like elements to it and Bethany Kelly can sing it if she wanted to. And holy shit another band from my old haunt of Denver (The Lumineers), at this rate Colorado will finally get in the news for something awesome instead of kinda depressing.
Band: Mal Scoppa and the Tall Tales
Song: The Things You Love
From the depths of Youtube comes a band that is pure potential. You will find one good quality video of them, the rest look like a three year old putting an iphone in its mouth. So they are Youtube sensations right now, but they have a good sonic base and Mal has a sweet voice. With the folk/country/rock amalgamations running rampant and becoming popular right now The Tall Tales can easily break into the big time.
Band: Nico Vega
I’m totally switching gears with this one, Nico Vega is let loose in this song and it is awesome. A total assault (in a good way) on the ears, Beast was used for the trailer for the game Bioshock: Infinite (which I happen to know nothing about). Hopefully they will keep going with this hard rock sound because Aja Volkman is built for it.
Song: Another Chapter
States is relatively new, forming from the ashes of some band named Lydia, Mindy White fronts the Indie rock band with a nice punk pop sound. If you are a fan of Paramore you will like the sound of these guys. Taken from their initial EP, States actually has an album out unlike some of the other bands I have listed here (Sorry about that). And not to objectify or anything, but the singer is totally hot.
I like this band far more than I should, in fact I love this band. They have an EP due out out March 26 and I need to hear it, so far I only get Youtube videos and whatever I can acquire using methods that (allegedly) violate Youtube’s terms of service. All this band needs is a drummer, I don’t mind that it’s just two dudes on some synths and Lauren Mayberry singing, and also sometimes playing a synth. Lies has an awesome sound with a heavy bass and electronic beat that merge well with Mayberry’s voice. Check out the song Recover to see that their sound can be more pop influenced and still sound good. Plus, like States, their singer is gorgeous.
Now, off to find their tour schedule…